Nick Chubb left Cleveland Browns practice Monday after taking a high hit.
The Cleveland Browns received a big scare Monday afternoon as running back Nick Chubb was taken off the field with trainers. Chubb took a high hit from linebacker Mack Wilson and then walked off the field with a trainer moments later.
The belief was Chubb taken off the field due to a twisted neck and he appeared to be walking off the field fine. However, the team later announced Chubb was being evaluated for a concussion following the hit.
The team is likely examining Chubb for a concussion for precautionary measures due to the hit being high and towards the head. However, head injuries and concussions are nothing to take lightly as the injury can linger.
With a condensed training camp and no preseason games, it is vital for the Browns to be healthy throughout training camp. The players will need as much time on the field as they can to get stretched out and prepared for the regular season after undergoing a crazy offseason with no mini-camps.
The potential loss of Chubb would create plenty of issues for the Browns offense, as he was viewed as the No. 1 piece to the unit. Chubb excels with stretch zone runs, which is what Kevin Stefanski’s offense revolves around. With his success in the scheme, Chubb was expected to set the tone for the offense and potentially compete for the league rushing title.
Chubb being taken off the field on the first day of padded practice brings concern about the potential discipline of some of the players. The defense was noticeably flying around the field during the first padded practice, but some of the younger players looked a but out of control.
Stefanski pulled Wilson to the side after his hit on Chubb, so it’s evident Stefanski was not happy with the play, even though he did not demonstrably berate Wilson. It is understandable for players like Wilson to be excited for the first padded practice, but it needs to be a controlled excitement in order to prevent injuries.
The Browns defense has a lot to prove in 2020 after several departures and the unit is now a young group. With so much to prove, it makes sense they are going to want to fly around the field. However, the coaches need to ensure the players dial it back in a sense so they do not put themselves or the offensive players at risk.
The hope is Chubb’s evaluation is just precautionary and the running back will be ready to go by the end of the week. However, it is well-known not to mess around with concussions and this could become a big story in the near future.